Five Star Swing returns to the Queen’s Theatre with the Big Band in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 12 March 2018

Five Star Swing multi-instrumentalists have performed on BBC TV for Children in need and Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Ball. Photo: Five Star Swing.

Five Star Swing multi-instrumentalists have performed on BBC TV for Children in need and Dame Vera Lynn's Charity Ball. Photo: Five Star Swing.


A big band hope to swing their audiences back to the 1940s with a special matinee show full of vintage swing hits.

Five Star Swing are returning to the Queen's Theatre with 'The Big Band'. Photo: Five Star SwingFive Star Swing are returning to the Queen's Theatre with 'The Big Band'. Photo: Five Star Swing

Five Star Swing, featuring Chris Smith, Simone and Tony Bennett’s trombonist, will be performing at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

Bandleader and composer Chris told the Recorder: “It’s quite unique in that the way we present is very informal. It’s rather like the audience is invited back stage for a little party with the band members.

“We have a chat with the audience and involve them in the songs.”

The band will be playing classic hits from well-known swing artists including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Miller.

“Quite often we get the response that when members of our audience come out of the theatre, they feel enlivened. And it’s that sort of music we do, it gives people a lift.” said Chris.

“Of course this kind of music was a big up-lift during the 1940s and it’s still true to this very day.

“I think the seniors pick up on that, they come out feeling refreshed.”

Chris has composed for the BBC Radio Big Band and is a former composer for Herb Miller Big Band.

As a group, they have also performed on BBC TV for Children in Need.

Five Star Swing are not exaggerating when they describe themselves as multi-instrumentalists.

“I have been known to play the trumpet and the piano at the same time, it’s a party trick of mine,” Chris added.

“Simone plays the clarinet, the flute, the alto saxophone and she sings.”

Simone was taught to play the alto saxophone in the 1980s by the well-known bandleader Ivy Benson and has recorded with Paul Weller, and appeared on the Russell Harty show.

She said: “Fans have enjoyed this feelgood style of music for generations, following our extensive UK tour.

“I’m excited to be bringing the sound of our big band brass, saxes, rhythm and vocalists back to the Queen’s Theatre.”

Five Star Swing’s The Big Band starts at 4pm on Sunday, March 18. Tickets are from £10 call 01708 44 3333 to book.

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